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Conferences & lectures

Female founders: entrepreneurship’s new reality

Date & time

Thursday, May 3, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.




Advancement and Alumni Relations


Loews Hôtel Vogue (Paris Ballroom)
1425 de la Montagne St., Montreal

Canadian women entrepreneurs are leading a revolution in business ownership nationally and globally. Join us to learn how to generate innovative ideas, build scalable businesses, grow your leadership skills, develop key strategies for entrepreneurial success and more.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Academic presentation by Ingrid Chadwick, assistant professor of Management, John Molson School of Business, followed by a panel discussion, moderated by CTV Montreal's Angela MacKenzie. This event is part of our Women and Leadership program

A networking cocktail will follow.

Admission: $10 | Business casual




Ingrid Chadwick is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at Concordia's John Molson School of Business. She conducts research on gender diversity and women in senior leadership. She investigates how women manage their leadership trajectories and what role their gender identities play in such pursuits. She explores the factors that enable women to attain and thrive in senior leadership positions. Chadwick has a PhD in organizational behaviour from the Smith School of Business at Queen's University and a Master of Education in Organizational Learning also from Queen’s.  


Tamara Close, MSc 01, is a founding partner at Close Group Consulting. Close began her investment management career in 1991. She held various investment management positions for the Bank of Montreal and Credit Lyonnais in the global derivatives and foreign exchange markets.  In 2000, she was head of quantitative research for a start-up asset management firm in Montreal.  In 2008, she joined PSP Investments and held senior management roles within the risk and public markets investment groups.  In 2017, she founded an independent investment management strategy and sustainable investing advisory firm, focussing on bridging the gap between the investment industry and the sustainable development industry.  


Noor El Huda El Bawab is managing director of Concordia's District 3. She works closely with the executive director to oversee the day-to-day operations and implement the vision of District 3. Prior to her position, she cultivated an impressive career in marketing and communications, having developed communications strategies for District 3 and other organizations. She brings these skills to her role as general manager, ensuring there is an open line of communication throughout the organization. She is a go-getter and passionate leader who believes technology and entrepreneurship are the best ways to empower people to improve the world.  


Georgiana Laudi, BA 04, is a digital strategist, marketing executive and startup advisor at A Better CX Inc. She helps high-growth tech companies scale their marketing and customer experience, invest in their team and drive serious business results. Laudi has been bringing tech brands, products and campaigns to life for 15 years. As an early employee and the VP of Marketing at Unbounce (one of the country’s fastest-growing tech startups, ranked 14th in the Deloitte Fast 50 in 2016), she helped grow revenue by 900 per cent in her first 3 years, scale her team from 1 to 35, and go from under $1M to $15.6M in ARR without any major funding. She is a longtime advocate for women in tech, starting in 2009 when for two years, she led a quickly growing community and monthly standing-room-only events for women in tech, for free. She now offers free strategy sessions to female founders of tech companies and runs a community of parents and friends dedicated to raising and inspiring the world's next generation of leaders in STEM.


Angela MacKenzie, GrDip 14, is a reporter and video journalist at CTV Montreal. She joined the network in July 2015, starting out as a researcher at the news desk and soon after, began reporting on air. After studying in Toronto, she moved to Montreal in 2004, eventually working in communications and freelance writing. She then spent three years turning a hobby into a business producing her own line of skincare products. In 2012 she started a web project called Illa Fabulis, producing long-form interviews and a podcast with creative Canadian women. She holds a BFA in film and video from York University in Toronto.


Sarah Sajedi, BSc 91, is the CEO and cofounder of ERA Environmental Management Solutions, an internationally recognized environmental software developer. She has been directing research and development into advanced environmental regulations and solutions for over 20 years. Sajedi was the recipient of the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, awarded by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, as well as the Central Canadian representative for the RBC Women of Influence Awards’ Trailblazer and Sustainability awards. She is a Concordia graduate with a degree in Chemistry. 

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